The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has announced in a press release on Monday (20 August) that it has detected cronobacter sakazakii bacteria in samples of Dumex Mamil Gold Infant Milk Formula - Step 1 (850g).
It further noted that it had directed the importer, Danone Dumex, to recall the implicated batch and that the recall has been completed.
According to AVA, the affected products have the batch number 09117R1 and the expiry date 11 September 2019. The products were made in Malaysia.
In a statement, Dumex said it has been working very closely with the AVA since it was informed of the detection of the bacteria from one specific batch.
"We have taken immediate precautionary steps to retrieve the specific batch from the shelves and can confirm that it has been completely removed. No other products or size variations are affected. We are currently investigating this issue on a high priority basis." and added that it has in place stringent processes and conduct rigorous tests that are of international standards. This includes conducting tests before the product is shipped out of the factory to Singapore.
To date, there has not been any customer feedback on this issue. Customers who may have purchased the affected batch are advised not to consume it and are encouraged to call our Care Line at 1800-265-3188 for an exchange.
Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacterium found in the environment that can survive dry conditions, such as dry food like infant formula and powdered milk.
Cronobacter infections are generally rare, however they can be fatal to newborns as they may cause meningitis or sepsis. Examples of symptoms displayed by infants with Cronobacter infection include fever, poor feeding or lethargy.
As such symptoms are not specific to the bacteria, parents or caregivers should seek medical assistance should their infants feel unwell, AVA noted.